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Poll: Would you wear 3D glasses to watch TV?

Sony was one of several companies that demonstrated 3D display technology at CES 2009. If 3D televisions and programs were available now, would you wear glasses to view them? Take our quick poll and let us know.

Sony was one of several companies that demonstrated 3D display technology at CES 2009. I published a very short clip of a prototype 3D TV. To see the image in 3D, viewers must wear 3D glasses.

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25 comments
fcs0998
fcs0998

yes but they need regular frames. Not the cardboard.

joeller
joeller

When Donkey's Fly!!!! I remember those cheesey 3D movies in the fifties and when they tried to bring them back in the Seventies (Jaws 3D) It was stupid then and it is stupid now. IMAX gives a much better experience. Check out Maryland Science Museum and Epcot Center. Wow!! I had totally forgotten that I had already been in this discusion. Forgive me for repeating myself.

rjdilig
rjdilig

Instead of buying another display that only adds 1 more function (w/c they would add another $1k-2k to the base price), why not the game/program instead have that? Let's say crysis re-release their original game, in 3D. I wouldn't mind the additional glasses with that, even an additional $30 (but not $100, that's overkill).

uksullivanj
uksullivanj

would you wear headphones to listen to music?

RobBamford
RobBamford

Until technology advances to the point of not needing 3D glasses for comperable quality 3D viewing, 3D glasses are fine!

denny.lindsay
denny.lindsay

Absolutely, if you haven't seen the 3D media from Glacier Media you're really missing out.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I gotta wear 2-D glasses to watch TV.

daileyml
daileyml

3D commercials! Whoppers jumping out of the TV at you! New cars driving off the TV screen and around your living room! Just imagine... we'll have to put on special glasses just so they can sell stuff to us. Boy oh boy! Can't wait! -Mike D http://www.daileymuse.com

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

I remember in the late 70's early 80's there were a couple of shows that were in 3D...on an old crap TV of the 70's of course. I ran to 7-11 to buy glasses and they were all sold out, a week before the show aired. After a few trips to different 7-11 stores I had them in my sweaty hands! "WOAH!!! This will be soooo cool!" So as an eager little snot nosed brat, I tried them on a few times just anticipating scary creatures jumping from the TV into my lap ( I don't even remember what the show was though). On 3-D night, the streets were empty as all the neighbourhood kids were at home, rare as we ALWAYS hung outside and NEVER stayed home with games and chat rooms and crap. You could almost hear the sighs of complete disappointment in the air around the neighbourhood. "THESE THINGS SUCK!!" I think the most common question was "did you see anything?" answered by, "yeah, red and blue squiggly lines and a fuzzy picture!" Then everyone was back at the ball park or school ground again. They had a second movie/show of some sort in 3D a week later. 7-11 was stocked up on cardboard glasses but nobody came, nobody watched and everyone was outside playing around again. On another note, I saw IMAX 3-D many years later, and they give you use the proper switched glasses with the polarized lenses, sleek! NOW seaweed was literally growing from my knee, people were swishing their hands in the air to move things out of the way as the deep sea rover drove us through amazing 3D seascapes. But would I wear a pair to watch TV today? Not bloody likely! Pretty soon, they are going to virtualize life, like a real life SIMS game. Then nobody has to develop social skills, or any other skills for that matter. Our species will become legless and with hands like mittens and a spigot for sexual organs, as we will no longer need anything more. Its sad to see what technology has done for youths today, try and throw a ball to most kids and they run and duck. I watched a teenager learning to ride a bike last week, a TEENAGER, at least 15-16 years old. Kids these days are generally fat, stupid, unable to do anything by themselves and in need of a ride for anything they do. I helped my friends kids install new headlights in their mom's car last weekend. They REALLY got off on it and now brag how much they know about cars (they change tires and such too, twin boys around 11 and a girl at 14). they also ride dirtbikes, build forts and all tat other kid stuff that kids are supposed to do. They also live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, they have computers but that's for school and is boring compared to other things they can do outside, even in the 4' of snow they have many months of the year. ooops, off topic rant again, sorry. Kids have become pathetic, sad and incapable, and WE did it all for them.

CPPCrispy
CPPCrispy

I would wear 3D glasses if i was watching movies, playing games, or a favorite TV program but not to watch things like the news. The TV would also need an option to turn off the 3D effect for me to buy one. All someone would have to do now is to start selling proscription 3D glasses otherwise I would not be able to see. Maybe make them so that when I am not looking at the TV the 3D effect would go away.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

Video games, sporting events and action/effect-driven movies/shows are about the only "family friendly" applications of this that I could see being worthwhile. (I half-joke with people all the time that a 3D porn site is a mint waiting to be made). Not only that, but sitting around with those goofy looking 3D glasses on is sure to lead to an awkward social interaction at some point.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

That's why I have no enthusiasm for high def TV. The picture is superior, but the content is still the same old crap. I don't need 3D to turn off 'Funniest Staged Videos' or 'America's Baseball Shots to the Crotch'.

SKDTech
SKDTech

Why would I want to spend yet more money to make sure I had enough 3d glasses in the house for everyone to be able to watch tv? and that is disregarding the fact that they would be yet another thing to keep out of the hands of kids and mouths/paws of pets as well as keep cleaned. I think it is a novelty trend that would see an initial burst of activity and then peter out once the novelty factor wears off.

starkey97
starkey97

I have the old 2 colored lens glasses for 3-d ---they are a hoot to watch baseball games on TV. Putting on a pair of glasses to watch a 3-d movie? Duh!!!! We can do this until they build it into the TV's. Keep in mind that just because you watched a program on National Geographic, it didn't mean you really went out side. Like yer momma used to say.." Turn off the TV & go outside & play.

tonyharris
tonyharris

The lack of proper depth of focus when viewing a 3D image on a 2D screen causes my brain serious issues and a feeling of nausea and gives me a head ache within a minute or so.

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